Hunt for escaped prisoner continues

first_imgGARDAI are still on a man hunt for an escaped prisoner who absconded from custody last Wednesday.  A man in his 20s was one of a pair of prisoners that were being returned to Limerick Prison when they slipped their handcuffs while in garda custody at the gates of Limerick Prison.  Both men fled the scene on foot and an immediate man hunt began.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Facebook Email Print WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsHunt for escaped prisoner continuesBy admin – February 21, 2012 637 One of the two, 18-year-old Christopher Curtin of Salvia Park was found at the back of Limerick Circuit Court where he sought refuge. Curtin, “knowing he was going to be arrested” according to his barrister Pat Whims, returned to court two days after he fled as he had a pending sentencing hearing. He was later given a two year sentence for his part in a burglary at a county Limerick pub. Meanwhile, the nine man warrants unit of An Garda Siochana based at Roxboro are continuing their search for the man in his 20s that remains at large. Previous articleCouncil tenants feel they are short-changed in repair worksNext articleLocal barrister wants pride back in FF adminlast_img read more

5 named Harvard College Professors

first_img New group of Harvard College Professors Five faculty members, each of whom offers a unique area of expertise and passion for learning, have been named Harvard College Professors.Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay announced the honor for Paola Arlotta, Golub Family Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology; Suzannah Clark, Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music; Edward J. Hall, Norman E. Vuilleumier Professor of Philosophy; Edward W. Kohler Jr., Microsoft Professor of Computer Science; and Matthew K. Nock, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology.“It’s so exciting to be able to honor these remarkable individuals,” Dean Gay said. “Each of them has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to research, to learning, and to connecting with students across a range of disciplines. I am thrilled to announce their appointments as Harvard College Professors and I look forward to learning from them in the years ahead.”The Harvard College Professorships were launched in 1997 through a gift from John and Frances Loeb. They are five-year appointments that include extra support for research or scholarly activities, as well as a semester of paid leave or a summer salary.Paola Arlotta,“Every day we interact, speak, move, think, and wonder,” Arlotta said, “yet we rarely stop to think about the incredible organ that allows us to do all of this: the brain.”Arlotta has spent her scientific career focusing largely on the brain, and is pursuing her passion both in the classroom and in the laboratory.“I spent most of my career wondering about how an embryo goes about building such a beautifully complex organ. I never cease to be amazed by this extraordinary process, and that sense of wonder is what motivated me to emulate some aspects of brain development in a dish, starting from stem cells.”Arlotta’s work contributed to a new generation of disease models: organoids. These raisin-sized collections of neurons, made from human stem cells, replicate minuscule portions of the brain, and they are changing the study of neurological disease.“This technology is giving us the very first opportunity to explore human brain development directly, and will help us answer so many questions,” Arlotta said. “It will let us get right to the root of human brain diseases like autism and schizophrenia. We can discover their origins and unpick all of those complex mechanisms that make the human brain so amazing — and for many, so terrifying.”For Arlotta, becoming a Harvard College professor is an opportunity to gain fresh perspectives on how stem cell science is taught.“Today we are able to do research into human diseases that would have been impossible only a year ago,” she said. “The pace of progress in stem cell science is simply breathtaking. So how can we give students firm grounding in a field that is moving so quickly?”The Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology has a mission to push the frontiers of science, and a big part of that is education: making sure students learn the state of the art, even as it changes.“I am energized to build a new course that allows students to experience firsthand the excitement of what we are doing with organoids,” said Arlotta. “This is a special time for our field. We have learned so much about what stem cells can do, and are poised to apply it to making new tissues and organs. When you combine all these new possibilities for understanding human diseases with the unique perspective students bring, that’s when we’ll start to see real transformation.”Suzannah Clark,For Clark, the news of her appointment could not have come at a better time.“I found out just as I was about to draft my proposal for a new Gen Ed course, which seemed very apropos,” she said. “Being an educator is a great privilege, and I feel truly honored to be recognized in this way.”Clark specializes in the history of music theory, with particular focus on the music of Franz Schubert and medieval vernacular music.“My fascination with medieval motets was sparked by a class I took in my first semester as an undergraduate, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” she said. “It’s a genre that has its roots in both liturgical music and the lyric tradition of the trouvères [epic poets in Medieval France]. Its hybridity makes it ideal for studying the development of new compositional techniques, and the pieces are filled with social commentary.”Clark is looking forward to offering a General Education course that explores the intersection of music and poetry.“I plan for the course to explore the rich layers of meaning and interpretation available in the interplay between the music and poetry,” she said, “and most likely we’ll cover some 800 years of the art of songwriting.”Clark also plans to use the professorship as an opportunity to write a book on 13th-century vernacular music, and its development around the Notre-Dame Cathedral during the first hundred years of the church’s construction.“This music has a lot of humor in it,” she said. “One can really learn a lot about the ideals of chivalry and courtly, monastic, and even student life from the composers’ musical pranks. The recent devastating fire of Notre-Dame has made the prospect of working on this project all the more poignant for me.”Edward Hall,A philosopher by trade, Hall is most excited about a new Gen Ed course on logic that he hopes will change the way students look at argument and disagreement and offer new avenues for respectful discourse.“We need to think about why public disagreement so often seems to get us nowhere,” he said. “My hope is that this new logic course will offer students the training needed to deal with conflict effectively, rather than simply run away from it or take a win-by-any-means-necessary approach, which is not beneficial.”The course will be called “Reclaiming Argument,” and it will give students a chance to use logic as a way to lay out arguments that require rational conversation rather than sound bites. He views his role as a philosopher as perfectly suited to facilitating this important discussion.“Philosophy is well placed to offer people a way to view disagreement differently and provide the tools needed to have difficult conversations in a helpful and respectful way,” he said. “I want students to come away understanding that the point of arguing should never be to simply beat the other person into submission.”Hall sees an opportunity to reach students across a range of concentrations.“The idea is not to draw people into a philosophy concentration — although that does sometimes happen — but rather to create courses that have a very broad appeal,” he said.Asked what makes Harvard such a special place, Hall cited the opportunities to connect with students. “Halfway through my first semester,” he said, “I realized I had already spent more time speaking with students outside the classroom than in 11 years total at another university I worked at previously.”Edward Kohler,A passion for computer science runs in the family for “Eddie” Kohler.“I was playing with my kids when I found out about the appointment,” he said, “and I felt a wave of deep pride as my daughter made up a color-filled fake rebus equation on an iPad.”Kohler focuses his work on computer systems, including multicore programming, web programming, and operating systems.“I love programming and I care a lot about building useful things that are of service to people,” he said. “In the classroom I care about not hiding greasy underbellies from students and about making computer science joyful work.”Just last year, Kohler revamped the CS 161 Operating Systems course with all new assignments, and looks forward to modifying other courses.“I’d love to make the CS 61 intro course and CS 161 more welcoming and accessible (while keeping them hard!),” he wrote in an email, “and create more upper-division systems courses.”Kohler is also committed to creating opportunities for broader representation in his field. “The relative underrepresentation of women in our programming classes bothers me a lot,” he said. “Computer science is great, and opening it to everyone requires continuous effort.”Matthew Nock,Nock cares deeply about reaching young people who are suffering from mental health challenges and helping to understand and resolve their issues. A psychology professor, Nock is especially interested in understanding self-detrimental behavior.“My lab’s research is focused on understanding why people behave in ways that are intentionally harmful to themselves, such as engaging in suicidal and other self-injurious behaviors,” he said. “Suicide is a leading cause of death, especially among young people, and we are passionate about advancing our understanding of it and our ability to better predict and prevent it.”Nock is excited to be using modern technology to help him achieve results.“Our research is using recent advances in technology to better understand the experiences of people who are having significant mental health problems,” he said. “For instance, we are using smartphones, smartwatches, social media platforms, and other technologies to better predict which people will try to hurt or kill themselves and to develop new ways of reaching and helping them where, when, and how they need it.”Nock views students not merely as spectators or attendees in the classroom, but as collaborators.“Our students are active and valued collaborators in this process and often bring creative new ideas and approaches to this work,” he said. “I always try to bring students into the center of the research process and to have them play key roles in planning projects, study design, data collection and analysis, and presentation of results to the scientific community.” 5 awarded Harvard College Professorships Relatedcenter_img Annual award honors excellence in undergraduate teaching FAS dean announces honor for five scholarslast_img read more

Public call for delivery of innovative solutions in the field of sustainable tourism in the Adriatic-Ionian region

first_imgYou can find the text of the call and the application form on the website https://fostinno.adrioninterreg.eu/ or on the Faculty website under the link https://www.fthm.uniri.hr/znanost/eu-projekti/fost-inno. For all inquiries about the call and the application itself, you can contact us by e-mail: [email protected] The Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality from Opatija invites all interested parties who have an innovative idea that can contribute to the development of sustainable tourism and who want to test their idea on the Adriatic-Ionian market, to apply for innovative solutions in the field of sustainable tourism Adriatic-Ionian regions. Eligible categories of innovation in the context of this call are innovation of a product, service, business model or business process. The call is open until March 31, 2019, by which time a workshop will be organized to help applicants develop the idea and fill out the application form. The exact date of the workshop will be announced later.  After filling in the application form, the registration must be completed on this one connectors.last_img read more

Syracuse attack leads team into season opener against Siena

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the past 10 years, Syracuse has averaged 11.5 goals per game or less only three times. But those three times have come in the past three seasons.SU head coach John Desko and his players believe this is the year SU’s offensive fortune will be take a turn for the better. The Orange returns almost 70 percent of its scoring from last season, while infusing promising offensive talent.“We all work so well together,” junior attack Kevin Rice said. “I think it could be our strongest part of the field this year.”On Monday night at 7 p.m., the Orange will unveil several new offensive weapons in its season-opener against Siena in the Carrier Dome. The Saints were ranked No. 44 of 63 teams in goals-allowed per game last season.For Syracuse, JoJo Marasco and Luke Cometti — who combined for 58 goals last season — are gone from last year’s team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in steps North Carolina-transfer Nicky Galasso, who is still recovering from a preseason injury, No. 1 recruit Jordan Evans and Onondaga Community College transfer Randy Staats.Not to mention the return of Rice, Dylan Donahue, Derek Maltz, Hakeem Lecky and Henry Schoonmaker.“I think we can put a first midfield out there that’s experienced, an attack that’s experienced with a sub or two and the second middies have been playing really well,” Desko said.In the team’s first scrimmages of the preseason against Hofstra and Le Moyne on Jan. 25, Rice created from behind the cage and finished with eight assists — five of which were goals scored by Donahue.The first goal of the day was scored by Evans just three minutes into the game. The freshman flew through the center of the defense and fired a shot past Hofstra keeper Chris Selva.In the team’s 13-12 victory over Towson in a scrimmage on Feb. 1, nine different players scored. Four of those players are listed as middies, four are listed as attack and one is listed as a hybrid attack/midfielder.“We have a lot of people who can play both attack and midfield,” said Galasso, who is listed as an attack/midfielder. “We have a great attack and we have a lot of people coming back, so we’re excited. We have the firepower and we’re ready to go.“We’re all very anxious and very excited to get going.”Another player who could be on the verge of a breakout season is Lecky, who will transition from the second-line midfield to the first, along with Schoonmaker. Both Desko and Maltz praised Lecky as one of the most athletic players on the team, and someone who is poised for a breakout year.And with Lecky and the rest of the returning attack is a talented group of freshmen.“Offensively, this could be one of the more talented freshman classes you could ever see,” Maltz said. “When those guys came in the fall, we were doing things that we were doing with the team mid-spring last year.”On Thursday, Desko said the team’s second midfield unit — Evans, Weston and Billy Ward — has played well during the preseason.“I think we’re sharing (the ball) really well,” Desko said. “The offense has been very unselfish, and almost to a fault where they keep making the extra pass, but that’s a good problem to have.”In the peak of the 2000s, the Orange averaged more than 12 goals five different times. In 2004, it averaged a staggering 14.41 goals per game. But the past three years SU has averaged just 11.50, 10.35 and 10.76.“It’s just the way we’ve played the last couple of years,” Desko said. “We’ve known that if we’re going to beat somebody, we have to beat them as a team.”But this season, the offense is primed to break out.Said Ward: “The offense just clicks on all cylinders. It’s great to watch and great to be a part of.” Comments Published on February 10, 2014 at 2:23 am Contact Josh: [email protected]last_img read more

Free Mental Health First Aid Training Coming to Southwest Washington

first_imgFacebook343Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Providence Health & ServicesAs part of Providence St. Joseph Health’s commitment to behavioral health, free first aid training will be offered in Olympia and Centralia.Presenter Tony Cloud. Photo courtesy: Providence Health & ServicesThis 8-hour training course gives people the tools to identify when someone might be struggling with a mental health or substance use problem and to connect them with appropriate support and resources when necessary.Classes (open to the public) will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (pre-registration is required by emailing [email protected] with your name, phone number, email address and date of course you would like to attend)  See FLYER:Providence St. Peter HospitalMonday, June 19 -200 RoomsSaturday, July 15 – 200 RoomsSaturday, Aug. 26 – 200 RoomsMonday, Sept. 11 – CCU ClassroomMonday, Oct. 16 – CCU ClassroomSaturday. Nov. 18 – 200 RoomsSaturday, Dec. 16 – 200 RoomsProvidence Centralia HospitalMonday, July 24 – Professional Center Training Class RoomSaturday, Sept 9 – Mother Joseph Conference RoomSaturday. Oct 14 – Mother Joseph Conference RoomMonday, Nov. 20 – Professional Center Training Class RoomSaturday, Dec. 2 – Mother Joseph Conference RoomFor more information about the program, see the Mental Health First Aid – Info Sheet1 in 5 Americans has a mental illness, but many are reluctant to seek help or might not know where to turn for care. Unlike physical conditions, symptoms of mental health and substance use problems can be difficult to detect. For friends and family members, it can be hard to know when and how to step in. As a result, those in need of mental health services often do not get them until it is too late.Just as CPR helps even those without clinical training assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid prepares participants to interact with a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Mental Health First Aiders learn a 5-step action plan that guides them through the process of reaching out and offering appropriate support.“Through this program, we hope to take the fear and hesitation out of starting conversations about mental health and substance use problems,” says Linda Rosenberg President and CEO of the National Council for Behavioral Health, which helped bring Mental Health First Aid to the U.S. in 2008. “When more people are equipped with the tools they need to start a dialogue, more people can get the help they may need.”In just ten years, Mental Health First Aid has become a full-blown movement in the United States—more than 800,000 people are certified Mental Health First Aiders, and that number is growing every day.last_img read more

Former LVR Bomber Sean Denison lights it up in in EuroChallenge tournament

first_imgFormer L.V. Rogers Bomber and Santa Clara Broncos star Sean Denison is having a breakout season playing for CSM Oradea in the Romania League (Liga Nationala).The 6’11”, 245-pound forward/center is averaging 10 points and just under six rebounds and two assists per game for the 17-6 CSM Oradea squad.CSM Oradea, which finished the EuroChallenge with a 3-3 record, is currently in third spot in Liga Nationala standings with a 17-6 record. It was at the EuroChallenge that a producer put together a highlight package of the 28-year-old Denison on the court.Check out the YouTube video and a past article from The Nelson Daily.last_img read more

Bombers earn split during East Kootenay road trip

first_img Saturday, Selkirk gained some revenge, outlasting the Bombers 9-6.Lincoln Rosenblood pitched well but took the loss for LVR with some releif help from Casey Harrison.LVR committed 11 errors behind the two pitchers which did not help the team. Both pitchers combined to give up four hits, strike out 2 and walk four.The Bombers collected four hits, Lincoln picked up 2, Breaden Zarikoff, Brandon Huffty and Ben LeMarquand had one each. The L.V. Rogers Bombers split a pair of doubleheaders during a recent swing through the East Kootenay.The Bombers defeated and lost to both Mt Baker Wild of Cranbrook and Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.Friday, to open the series, Braeden Zarikoff pitched well for the Bombers but the offense did not help in a 7-2 loss to the Wild.Senior pitcher Devon Marra of the Wild threw a great game striking out 14 Bomber hitters and only giving up the two hits — by Zarikoff and Mathew Brind’Amour — and three walks. In the final game, the Bombers were able to even the series with a 22-2 romp over Mt. Baker.Austin Tambellini through a one hitter for the win, collecting 6 strikeouts in the shortened game.The Bomber hitters came alive in game four collecting 12 hits, Braeden Zarikoff lead the team with 3 hits, Lincoln Rosenblood, Saywer Hunt and Astin Tambellini had two hits each, and Keaton Roch, Reese Tambellini and Ben LeMarquand each adding one hit. In Game two, John Barabonoff pitched a complete game for the win giving up four hits and walking none in a 13-3 win for LVR over Selkirk.The Bomber bats came alive in game two collecting nine hits. The team was lead by Saywer Hunt 3-for-3, and Lincoln Rosenblood 2-for-2, four  others added one hit each. The team has a record of 13 wins and 8 losses heading into their last weekend of play. The team is off to Southern Alberta where they will be playing double headers in Raymond and Coaldale this weekend.last_img read more

WI hunt T20 double – Confidence is high, says men’s skipper Sammy

first_img “We came here after winning [the] tournament in 2012. A hail storm knocked us out in Bangladesh [in 2014]. It’s a format we’ve been consistent in, but nobody gives us a chance,” Sammy pointed out. “We just wanted to take six steps. It’s a six-step process to the Cup. We have taken five steps. We took a big one against India. We had a bit of a skid on the way [against Afghanistan], which kind of knocked us off, but we got up. We are left with one more step. “We have improved, we believe in each other. We enjoy each other’s success. Just thinking about lifting that Cup tomorrow, I could almost foresee what’s going to happen after. We have a cricket game to play first.” Sammy has been lucky enough to win the toss in every game to date, opting to chase on each occasion. And while they uncharacteristically struggled against the Afghans, they have been dominant in their pursuit of targets, especially packing a battery of big hitters like Gayle, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher and Andre Russell. He warned that West Indies were not only a chasing team and would bat well regardless of if they were asked to bat first or second. And with criticism that West Indies’ batting was one-dimensional with all power-hitters, Sammy said the side would continue to play to their strengths. “Whatever we do, we just have to do it well. I’ve been lucky enough to win all five tosses that I’ve taken, but in case England win [the toss], we’ve just got to bat well, bowl well or defend when that time comes. It’s a final and whatever each team does, we just have to do it well,” he outlined. Note: The match starts at 8:30 a.m. (Jamaica time) on ESPN. Strong belief Consistent KOLKATA, India, CMC: Confident West Indies will rely on their unshakable self-belief and devastating power hitting when they clash with an inform England in today’s final of the Twenty20 World Cup in a quest for their second title in five years. Ranked as outsiders before the start of the tournament, the Darren Sammy-led unit has torn up the form books and silenced critics, topping their group in the preliminaries, with just one defeat, before stunning title favourites India in last Thursday’s semi-final, to reach the championship game. While acknowledging the threat posed by a strong England side, Sammy told reporters there was strong belief in the squad that they could defeat whatever opposition was placed in front of them. “I feel very excited. We left the Caribbean with one goal on that journey, which was to win the Cup, and both our men’s and women’s teams have created that opportunity to do that and, as a group, we are really excited,” Sammy said. “The confidence in the group and the belief in the group are really high and really good, and we’re looking forward again to playing England. They are a very good side. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s a step we’re willing to take.” West Indies will carry into the final the confidence of having beaten England already in the tournament. In their opening game in Mumbai, the Caribbean side chased down England’s 183 to win with 11 balls to spare, with superstar opener Chris Gayle lashing an unbeaten hundred. Since then, they defeated Sri Lanka by seven wickets in Bangalore, edged South Africa by three wickets in Nagpur before suffering their only defeat days later at the same venue with a shock six-run loss to minnows Afghanistan. They remarkably chased down 193 to beat the Indians in Mumbai last Thursday, and Sammy said everyone was aware they were on the brink of their ultimate goal.last_img read more

Thousands of endangered birds killed in wildfire, Birdwatch Ireland confirms

first_imgThousands of endangered wild birds were wiped out following last weekend’s massive wildfire in Donegal, Birdwatch Ireland has confirmed.A number of species including the Meadow Pippet, Stone Chat and Linnet had breeding grounds among the hundreds of acres of wild gorse which caught fire.Up to seventeen sections of Donegal Fire Service, the Civil Defence, the Air Corps, the Army and hundreds of locals battled to stop the spread of the fire between the villages of Loughanure and Annagry. It took more than 12 hours to quell the fires which claimed at least one holiday-home and a number of vehicles.However, Birdwatch Ireland spokesman Niall Hatch told Donegal Daily that the environmental impact on the area has been devastating.“Unfortunately we are in the middle of the breeding season and thousands of birds would have been wiped out in that large area.“And the problem is that these birds are quite territorial which means that they simply cannot move into another area and breed again,” he said. He said it will be several years before wildlife in the area will return to normal.“It has been devastating not just for the bird life but for all natural life in the area. The intensity of the heat means that it will be several years before the area will return to normal.“What is left is just barren land which is completely destroyed and wildlife will stay away from it because it will be quite a while before vegetation providing any real cover will grow again,” he said.Mr Hatch said that as well as Meadow Pipits, Stone Chats and Linnets, other endangered birds such as Hen Harriers and Curlews which forage on such gorse land will suffer.The iconic Cuckoo will also have been impacted as Meadow Pipits are the most common ‘host’ bird for Cuckoos to put their eggs in. Mr Hatch added “It’s a disaster all ’round and fires like this cause such devastation that it takes several years for the natural landscape to get back to normal.”Meanwhile, hundreds of locals who bravely fought the fire are planning a clean-up of the scorched area in the coming days.Dozens of broken spades, as well as hundreds of water bottles and face masks, were left behind in the fire-fighting frenzy and they are all to be cleaned up.Thousands of endangered birds killed in wildfire, Birdwatch Ireland confirms was last modified: April 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

German Innovation in Solar Water Heating

first_imgI was in Boston last week for the annual Building Energy conference, sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association. Each year this conference provides an opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues, catch up on leading-edge building design, and learn about product innovations in energy conservation and renewable energy.I was amazed to see the large number of European companies represented in the conference trade show, with most of the leading innovation in windows, [no-glossary]biomass[/no-glossary] heating, and solar energy seeming to come from Germany. A drainback system with clever featuresThe Wagner SECUSOL system is the latter type of solar water heater, but with several significant distinctions:Drainback design without a separate tank. Most drainback systems have a separate tank that has to be plumbed into the system. In the SECUSOL system, an oversized heat-exchanger coil in the storage tank serves as the drainback tank — so one component serves two key functions.Elegant housing. A single housing contains the well-insulated 66-gallon or 92-gallon storage tank, the controls, and the circulation pump (situated beneath the tank and accessible through a hatch). This configuration means that the single unit, which is not much bigger than a standard water heater, contains everything except the collector(s) and a back-up heating element.Quick-mount fittings. The plumbing lines that circulate the glycol heat-transfer fluid through the collectors and heat exchanger coils in the tank are pre-insulated flexible copper, and they connect with compression fittings. This avoids the need for soldering, speeds installation, and reduces the risk of installer errors.Pre-programmed controls. The controls that tell the pump when to turn on and off come pre-programmed, speeding installation.High-efficiency collectors. The Wagner EURO C20 AR-M flat-plate copper collectors are among the highest efficiency collectors available. They feature extremely high light transmissivity (96%), a selective coating on the absorber plate, and nearly 2-1/2 inches of mineral wool insulation in the back of the collector. They can be installed flush to the roof or on a racking system, which is also made by Wagner.Back-up heating element. A second heat exchanger in the insulated tank allows a back-up electric heating element to be installed. In this way, the single tank can provide a family’s entire water-heating needs. When solar energy is adequate, the electric element isn’t needed, but when there isn’t enough solar, the family has hot water.Easy, rapid installation. The various innovations with Wagner’s SECUSOL solar water heating system enable it to be installed rapidly and efficiently. A skilled installer can install two complete systems per day, according to Wagner Solar, which is remarkable. This helps keep the total cost down. Tyler Plante of Wagner Solar, Inc., in Cambridge, told me that systems are typically installed for between $7,500 and $8,000. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. To keep up with his latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Closed-loop and drainback equipmentMost solar water heaters include flat-plate collectors through which water or a water-glycol mixture is circulated. “Closed-loop” systems have the collector filled all the time, and a pump circulates the fluid from the collectors, where solar heat is absorbed, to the tank, where a heat-exchanger coil transfers that heat to the stored water.Other systems have an open “drainback” loop. When the sun is shining and the controller tells the pump to turn on, the water or water-glycol solution is pumped through the collectors, and when the sun goes down at night (or power is lost), the fluid in the collectors drains back to a drainback tank. This drainback configuration has the advantage of preventing the collector fluid from getting too hot if the electric pump fails or electricity is lost.center_img Solar hot water systems are often cost-effectiveThe product that I found most exciting this year was a unique, drainback solar water heating system, SECUSOL, from the German company Wagner & Company, which is one of Germany’s oldest, though not largest, manufacturers of solar water heating systems. Wagner products are represented in the U.S. by Wagner Solar, Inc., of Cambridge, Massachusetts.Before describing what makes the Wagner SECUSOL so exciting, a few words about solar thermal systems are warranted. Over the past few years, solar electricity (photovoltaics) has garnered most of the attention in the renewable energy world. But solar thermal systems, which can include both solar water heating and solar space heating, are often significantly more cost-effective. Solar thermal systems can also be used for space heatingWagner also produces some elegant solar space heating systems with packaged components and easy integration with conventional or pellet-fuel heating equipment; more about active solar space heating in a future blog.Wagner Solar introduced Wagner products to the U.S. market in late 2010 and has installed slightly over 100 systems to date through the East Coast, but mostly in Massachusetts, according to Plante. The company is currently expanding its dealer network.last_img read more